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Smaller Footprint Cubicles All Around?

Last week we partly debunked the idea that the average square footage per office worker is shrinking quite as fast as employers wish or assume. But it is still true that cubicles are getting smaller. Pam Huff writes for about just this trend from the perspective of a Tampa Bay office furniture dealer. Kevin Baker from Florida Business Interiors reports seeing cube sizes shrink more than 40% in the last 5 years. But using less floor space is only one aspect of the trend toward reduction. Lower cubicle walls and the elimination of overhead storage bins go hand in hand with the stripped down workstations. This makes sense in industries where workers are expected to share workstations as part of a hot-desking scheme. There may be less of a tendency to accumulate items at the desk that require additional storage space.

Does a less permanent workstation setup naturally lead to smaller and smaller workspaces? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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